The Portuguese capital makes for an impressive sight, even before you arrive at the cruise terminal. A regular feature of Mediterranean and Canary Island itineraries, this wonderful location provides an excellent days adventure.
One of the most fascinating features of Lisbon is the journey through the Tagus River passing by some of the spectacular scenery. The Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoveries are just two of the exciting attractions for a photograph before taking in the awe inspiring scenery of the Vasco da Gama Bridge spanning the river and just about providing enough space for cruise ships to pass under. A brilliant sight, this suspension bridge marks the first of many exciting attractions during a visit to this glorious city.
One thing worth noting for Lisbon is that the city itself does span out over a distance. It may not be the largest of capital city in the world, but some of the major attractions are fairly detached from each other and we would recommend focusing on three distinctive areas in particular to assist with this. The majority of cruise operators will provide a shuttle service to a central area; however, it is not always the case, so if you are planning to see the sights individually rather than a tour it is worth considering when planning your day. Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama are the three areas we would advise to focus on and all three portray unique characteristics, definitely worth a visit.
Baixa is all about bars, cafes and restaurants for an authentic Portuguese indulgence. The area of Baixa is in complete contrast to that of Alfama where guests can explore the many narrow cobbled streets and medieval charms. Here there is a mix of shops and bars but the Moorish influences are the dominating feature, especially for passengers looking to soak up the architectural pleasures of Lisbon. Bairro Alto is in a similar mould to Alfama with many picturesque historical monuments to discover. The location, however, is set up a steep hill from Baixa and for those concerned about the lack of accessibility to the area; it is well worth heading for Elevador do Carmo, the 100 year old lift that can transport you directly to the top from Baxia’s Rossio Square. The huge attraction to this beatuful destination is the diverse range of locations to explore. Modern cosmopolitans meet historical extravagance to create a wondrous port of call.
The majority of cruise operators provide a shuttle service to a central area as the walk is approximately fifteen minutes at a brisk pace. Sports lovers can enjoy a trip to the world famous Estádio da Luz, which translates to Stadium of Light. This brilliant stadium is home to the iconic team of Benfica and presents the opportunity to enjoy great photo opportunities, sensational views and learn the history of the eagle emblem of Benfica. Discovery cruise sailings to Lisbon generally focus on the exquisite architectural sites such as the infamous Palace of Queluz.
One of the best-selling tours with many operators is the opportunity to explore Estoril. This is a sublime area of countryside with many alluring attractions and the journey itself takes passengers right alongside the River Tagus. The beach scene at Estoril is also a beautiful setting and considered one of the best in the region. Sintra and Cascais are two other local villages worth visiting for a more intimate day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.